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They’re Freshmen

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Congratulations to Howard T. Herber Middle School’s eighth-grade class, which celebrated its venture into High School at the annual Moving-Up Ceremony last night!

Graduations Go Live

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Vishal Persaud is an eighth-grade student at Howard T. Herber Middle School.

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He has taken a significant leadership role in the Community Service Club this year, helping with Homecoming, the MEFF 5K race and the Have a Heart for the Homeless program.

Flag Day

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Davison Avenue Intermeidate School honored Flag Day with a special ceremony held in honor of deceased NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, the husband of Malverne Mayor Patti McDonald. Det. McDonald was a frequent visitor to the school and always volunteered his time to work with the students and give back to his community. Davison staff donated age-appropriate books on law enforcement to the school library in honor of Det. McDonald. Mayor Patti McDonald spoke at the ceremony and honored the Village’s Flag Day Essay Contest winners.

Board Recognition

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The Board of Education and administration honored many students at its June 13 meeting. In case you missed it, the following groups were recognized: MWD’s Ronald McDonald House Donation, Flag Day Essay Winners, Scholar-Athletes, All-County and All-Conference student-athletes, All-County artists, tenured teachers, and MEFF teacher mini-grants. Outgoing Board member and current president Jack Tulley was also recognized with a special plaque for his service on the Board.

Exemplary Sportsmanship

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Malverne High School was given the 2017 Award of Excellence by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The award is presented to schools that have developed proactive approaches in keeping sportsmanship at the forefront for their students, coaches, spectators and communities, as well as to schools that are promoting positive sportsmanship within their athletic department. Malverne instills the NYSPHSAA Code of Conduct with all of its student-athletes.

“It is not surprising that we have earned this honor, as we hold our athletes to the highest standard of sportsmanship,” district athletic director Micheal Pelan said.

Congratulations to each of the Malverne athletes, their coaches and their families who are the true recipients of this award.

Metered Champion

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Congratulations to Maurice Teachey, Jr. on winning the New State Championship in the 400-meters!

Football Clinic

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Public Notice – Naming of Turf Field

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Incoming Orientation

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As part of a morning orientation program, parents and families of incoming third-graders to Davison Avenue were welcomed by incoming Principal Rachel Gross and given an overview of what to expect in their first year at Davison. While parents were receiving this important information, the incoming third-graders toured the building and sat in with a current third-grade class. At the conclusion of the program, each of the students left with a special Davison Avenue backpack, which contained a notebook, crayons and pencils for the fall.

Gate Closure at HS

Due to ongoing construction work at the High School stadium, it has become necessary to lock the Clinton Avenue gate. For your safety, the gate will be closed as of Thursday, June 8. The other gates will remain open. We will notify everyone as soon as we know when the gate will be reopened. Please plan your access to the high school campus accordingly.

Drama at Davison

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The Drama Club at Davison Avenue held their annual performance for the students and special guests. This year’s production featured three different perspectives on the story of the Three Little Pigs and it left the audience questioning the version they thought they always knew!

Perfect Attendance

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Davison Avenue Intermediate School and Howard T. Herber Middle School were visited by the Lakeview Chapter of the NAACP President Bea Bayley and Educational Chairperson Karen Aker. The pair presented all students who qualified for perfect attendance throughout the 2016-17 school year with special certificates of acknowledgement. Congratulations to all of those who earned perfect attendance!!


Perfect Attendance

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Congratulations to those who earned perfect attendance at Howard T. Herber Middle School!

College Tour

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Howard T. Herber Middle School’s College and Career Club and Enrichment Club recently visited Adelphi University. Students had an exciting day exploring college life - including a tour of the campus, spending time with a college student and eating lunch at one of the campus cafeterias. HTH students also had the opportunity to learn about Adelphi’s academic programs, clubs, professors and dorm life.

Seniors Assist Students

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As part of a Career Day celebration, ten of Malverne High School’s top twenty students visited with Davison Avenue Intermediate School’s fifth-grade students for a special question and answer session. Fifth-graders asked the seniors to share their experiences regarding moving up to the middle school, what type of classes and clubs there are to pursue at HTH, and what the high school is like. Seniors also shared how they achieved at such high levels, what clubs and sports are available at high school, and what their plans were for the future.

The Malverne Union Free School District budget results are as follows:

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Budget has passed:
YES: 523
NO: 165

Proposition #2 passed:
YES: 543
NO: 146

Proposition #3 passed:
YES: 516
NO: 180

Trustee Elections – 2, uncontested:
HOPKINS: 496
TINSLEY: 473

Little Engineers

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First-grade students from Maurice W. Downing visited the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City for a day of exploration and fun. Exhibits included the Bubble Station, Tool Box, Fix It and much more. The student engineers had a great time and were engaged in science learning and STREAM-centered design for the entire visit.

Top 20 Honored

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At the Board of Education’s May 9 meeting, the valedictorian, salutatorian and the entire top 20 academic leaders from the Class of 2017 were honored by Principal Dr. Vincent Romano, the entire administration team, and Board of Education members with a special plaque and cake celebration.

MHS: Most Challenging High School

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For the fifth consecutive year, Malverne High School has been ranked amongst the Most Challenging High Schools in America by The Washington Post. Malverne is ranked in the top, at No. 60 in New York among the state’s top public schools and No. 33 on Long Island.

The challenge ranks schools through an index formula utilizing the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. In order to be ranked, schools must have a ratio of 1.0. This year, Malverne’s index is 2.25 a notable increase from the district’s 1.26 index in 2013.

“It is an honor to have Malverne mentioned alongside some of the top ranked schools in the nation,” said Principal Dr. Vincent Romano. “Very few on the list are as demographically complex as our school. When comparing the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, Malverne High School had the second highest Challenge Index in that category on Long Island and 11th in New York State. Simply put, Malverne is a shining example of what can be accomplished when the entire school community is committed to each and every student!”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund, echoed the sentiment. “The annual increase of index score for Malverne High School over the last four years demonstrates their total commitment to academic excellence. Congratulations to all.”

The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging public and private schools in the country for 17 years. The list includes more than 2,000 public and private high schools nationwide.

Alumna Takes the Lead

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Jordan Tyson, Malverne Class of 2015, has landed a lead role in an off-broadway show, playing the role Sweetee in the musical Sweetee. She is currently a sophomore at Marymount College in Manhattan. While at Malverne, she played a “spoon” in Beauty and the Beast, “Carla” in In the Heights, “Janet” in Drowsy Chaperone, and “Princess Fiona” in Shrek the Musical. In the attached article, she spoke of her experience in the MHS production of In the Heights with the following quote: “After that experience, I was so in awe of how this one piece of work could bring people together like a family.”

Web article: http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/New-Musical-SWEETEE-Set-in-30s-Depression-Era-South-to-Arrive-Off-Broadway-20170417

Newsday Article Link: Click Here

Career Exploration

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Malverne High School and Howard T. Herber Middle School hosted its annual Career Exploration Day with more than 60 guest speakers who shared their career experiences. Participants highlighted their careers as a registered nurse, physician, dentist, paramedic, accountant, entrepreneur, lawyer, teacher and an engineer. The goal of the day was to impress upon our students the importance of education and how it relates to potential future careers.

Davison Principal

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At its April 20 meeting, the Board of Education appointed current Common Core Chairperson K-6 Rachel Gross to the position of principal of Davison Avenue Intermediate School. Effective July 1, 2017, Ms. Gross will replace Principal Edward Tallon, who is moving to the position of principal of the Maurice W. Downing Primary School.

Ms. Gross has been with the district since September 2007, when she was hired as a special education teacher at Howard T. Herber Middle School. The last two years, she has served in her currently role as Common Core Chairperson K-6, where she worked with teachers and students to develop curriculum and programs aligned with New York State standards.

With her strong background in elementary education, experience in instructional leadership and proven commitment to the students of Malverne, Ms. Gross will continue to improve upon and cultivate new initiatives at Davison Avenue Intermediate School.

Ms. Gross received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and art studio from Queens College, two Master’s Degrees from Hofstra University in creative arts therapy and inclusive elementary special education, and her Administrative Certificate from Stony Brook University.

“I am honored by the opportunity and am excited to collaborate with the faculty, staff, students and families of Davison Avenue in this new role,” Ms. Gross said of the promotion.

Family Fun Night

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MWD’s Kindness Counts Committee recently sponsored a Family Fun Night to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of New Hyde Park. More than 100 students and families came to share in the evening which included dinner, pictures with Ronald McDonald, entertainment by Jim the Jester, popcorn, and a dance party for students. While the kids were having their fun, parents relaxed down hall at the “International Café” where they were served coffee and dessert. Families contributed household items to fulfill the Ronald McDonald House Wish List. To date, the MWD community has raised nearly $4,000 for the cause.

Thank You!

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Administrators, board members, and students would like to thank the community for voting and supporting the bond.



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Friday, June 23, 2017